The Graf 500 is an ideal boot for early levels of figure skating. It has more support than the entry level Bolero or Davos and will take the skater up to beginner jumps. Care should be taken to ensure a good fit without too much movement within the boot. If the Graf boot suits the skater, higher level boots will exhibit very similar features to the 500 style, allowing the skater to make an easy transition to stronger boots without needing to adjust.
To ensure a good fit, make sure the heel is securely held by the boot and that there is not too much room at the front of the boot. It is a advisable to have no more than 1cm of growth room in the boot for children as too much space causes instability, poor foot positioning, and boot breakdown (see Size Chart). The boot can be 1/2 to 1 size smaller than the shoe size as there is no need for the sole to bend, unlike normal shoes.